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Blackout Poetry  9:30-11:00 a.m. 4-week course begins Friday, 11/12

Teacher: Charisse Gendron
Email: gendroncharisse@gmail.com

Cohost: Barbara Snapp
Email: snappbd@gmail.com

SYLLABUS

CLASS ONE: November 12

Class: Discuss poems by:

Homework: Create a blackout poem from a two-page spread of In a Lonely Place, a noir fiction by Dorothy Hughes. Scan and email your poem to me at gendroncharisse@gmail.com and to Barbara at snappbd@gmail.com by November 19.

Blackout Poetry Assignment 1
In a Lonely Place, Dorothy B. Hughes

Things to try:

  • Identify a subject
  • Make the subject do things
  • Write against the grain of the source narrative
  • Avoid summarizing the source
  • Use fun words
  • Create a mood
  • Provide a narrative twist
  • Move around the page
  • Avoid lists

CLASS TWO: November 19

Class: Take a deep dive into:

Homework: Create a blackout poem from a source of your choice. Scan and email your poem to me at gendroncharisse@gmail.com and to Barbara at snappbd@gmail.com by November 26.

CLASS THREE: December 3

Class: Share poems from exercise one; discuss poems by:

CLASS FOUR: December 10

Class: Share poems from exercise two; revisit selections from the syllabus